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Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth divorcing after 12 years of marriage

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Reese Witherspoon and her husband of 12 years, Jim Toth, are calling it quits.

The “Legally Blonde” star announced the “difficult” news to her nearly 30 million Instagram followers on Friday.

“We have some personal news to share,” Witherspoon, 47, began in her official statement. “It is with a great deal of care and consideration that we have made the difficult decision to divorce.”

The actress detailed that despite their split, they “have enjoyed so many wonderful years together and are moving forward with deep love, kindness, and mutual respect for everything we have created together.”

Witherspoon, 47, noted that the former couple’s “biggest priority” is their 10-year-old son, Tennesse, as well as their “entire family as we navigate this next chapter.”

“These matters are never easy and are extremely personal. We truly appreciate everyone’s respect for our family’s privacy at this time,” she concluded her post.

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth at an event.
Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth are divorcing after 12 years of marriage.
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Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth at an event.
“We have enjoyed so many wonderful years together and are moving forward with deep love, kindness, and mutual respect for everything we have created together,” she wrote.
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The “Big Little Lies” star’s revelation comes just two days shy of the couple’s 12-year wedding anniversary on March 26.

Toth, 52, and Witherspoon tied the knot in 2011 at her California ranch after dating for about a year.

Shortly after their nuptials, Witherspoon — who shares daughter Ava, 23, and son Deacon, 19, with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe — gushed about the former Creative Artist Agency employee’s relationship with her two eldest kids.

Ava Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Deacon Phillippe, Tennessee James Toth and Jim Toth at an event.
Witherspoon said that she and Toth’s “biggest priority” is their 10-year-old son, Tennesse.
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“I got lucky. I did. I got very lucky,” she told Marie Claire in September 2011. “He’s so wonderful with the children. I’m very blessed.”

“Somebody close to me once said, ‘Oh, no man will ever accept your children,’” she added. “And I just thought it was the most horrifying thing someone has ever said to me in my entire life. And until I got remarried, I don’t think I realized how stressed I was. I feel so much relief. I don’t think I realized how stressed I was being a single parent. It was really, really stressful. It’s not easy on anybody. It’s really traumatic.”  

The following year, Witherspoon gave birth to her and Toth’s son, Tennessee.

A selfie of Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon.
The “Legally Blonde” actress and Toth tied the knot in March 2011.
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In 2021, the actress took to Instagram to commemorate 10 years of marriage with Toth.

“Celebrating 10 years of marriage to my sweet hubby,” Witherspoon captioned an Instagram photo from their wedding at the time. “What a special day with all of our dear friends. Looking back, I can’t believe it has gone so quickly!

“I guess that’s how it goes with 3 kids, Big LOVE, lots of laughing, non-stop travel, so many dogs and fun adventures … figuring out this crazy world together. Here’s to many more days in the sun! I [love] you, JT.”

Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon sitting outside.
Their divorce announcement came two days before they were set to celebrate their 12th anniversary.
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The final social media update Witherspoon shared with Toth was last December when the pair posed with their blended family in front of their decorated Christmas tree.

“Wishing all of YOU a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our family to yours! 🥰🎄,” she captioned the Dec. 25 post.

Prior to Toth, Witherspoon was married to Phillipe from 1999 to 2008.

The “Cruel Intentions” co-stars split after nine years together and Witherspoon later blamed the divorce on the fact that they were young when they wed.

va Elizabeth Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Deacon Reese Phillippe, and Jim Toth at an event.
Witherspoon also shares daughter Ava and son Deacon with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe.
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“I got married when I was 23 and I had two kids by the time I was 27. So, I think, I don’t know. Sometimes it’s good to know yourself,” she said on the ITV show “Lorraine” in 2017.

“I would never change anything. I said to my daughter, 25 you start to know yourself a little bit better.”

The former couple has remained amicable, even hosting a backyard commencement ceremony for their son, Ryan, last June for his high school graduation.

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